UKZN’s Talent Excellence and Equity Scholarship recognises top Black African students intending to pursue an academic career at UKZN with the aim of growing the next generation of academics.
Masters of Commerce in Economics student Mr Doctor Sangweni is one such student who is driven by the need to be at the forefront of cutting-edge research and innovation.
‘I grew up in Nongoma in rural KwaZulu-Natal where education was never a priority for a young man. And being raised by a single parent who struggled financially made obtaining an education tough for me,’ said Sangweni.
And he faced further challenges as his sight was impaired. ‘In 2007 I had surgery to both my eyes which enhanced my vision significantly.
‘However, I was always considered a high performing pupil and attribute this to my mother because she understood the value of education and made it her mission to ensure I received a good education,’ he said.
Apart from the Talent Excellence and Equity Scholarship, Sangweni also received the Economic Research of Southern Africa (ERSA) scholarship.
‘The prestigious ERSA award allows me to pursue my master’s degree and do research into different economic conditions and what drives daily economic decisions. This scholarship is offered to only 10 students a year,’ said Sangweni.
‘I am taught by the most remarkable scholars. I would like to extend my deepest and most humble gratitude and appreciation to my supervisor Dr Harold Ngalawa, and Ms Nezeka Damoyi and Dr Claire Vermaak, who encouraged me to pursue the ERSA scholarship. They have played a pivotal role in shaping me as an academic.
‘I also want to thank the School of SAEF staff, who have all played a huge part in my academic achievements,’ he said.
Sangweni is a member of the Westville Chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society committee which promotes community service, leadership and excellent academic performance.
He is also a member of the Macroeconomics Working Group (MWG) a body of economists comprising academic staff and postgraduate students from the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) whose mission is to advance and develop research in the field.